Seniors begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine distribution continues as more doses arrive

A local senior receives the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 21 at Bayonne Medical Center.
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A local senior receives the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 21 at Bayonne Medical Center.

On Jan. 21,  individuals at high risk began receiving the vaccine in Bayonne as part of Phase 1B. That includes seniors over the age of 65 and anyone between 16 and 64 with serious medical conditions.

As Phase 1B continues, those in Phase 1A can still be vaccinated.

According to the state, Phase 1A includes healthcare personnel and long-term care facility workers and residents. Phase 1B includes first responders and individuals at high risk. Additional essential workers and other individuals at high risk may be vaccinated later in Phase 1B and or in Phase 1C. The general public will receive the vaccine in Phase 2.

The first doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered to hospital personnel at Bayonne Medical Center on Dec. 22. By Jan. 8, first responders got the vaccine. That expanded on Jan. 14 to include individuals at high risk.

First residents vaccinated

At 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, the first dose of the Moderna vaccine was given to a senior at Bayonne Medical Center. According to Mayor James Davis, the first vaccines were distributed to seniors who had registered with the city beforehand.

A new vaccine shipment was received on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and the city scheduled seniors to be vaccinated just days later.

According to Davis, more than 100 residents will be vaccinated each day. And more than 1,000 residents in Phases 1A and 1B have already registered with the city to get vaccinated.

The Bayonne Housing Authority began administering the vaccine to residents of its senior buildings. The BHA partnered with a pharmacy and has been vaccinating seniors since early January.

Looking ahead

As the city gets vaccines, Davis said it will vaccinate residents as quickly as possible.

“Getting to this point has been no easy task,” he said.

Davis said he has been in constant contact with the COVID-19 Task Force and the COVID-19 Vaccine Committee.

“The amount of work in this process is nothing short of monumental as thousands will be vaccinated in the near future,” Davis said.

For seniors over 65 or individuals between the ages of 16 and 64, with serious medical conditions, call 201- 858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org to register for an appointment. Leave a name, date of birth, and contact number and someone will call to schedule an appointment.

Davis said he hopes to announce other sites in Bayonne soon. He asks residents to continue to stay patient.

“We will get to you,” he said. “You will be vaccinated. But it’s going to take some time to get everyone on the list.”

He continued: “The light at the end of the tunnel is finally starting to come into view. Let’s continue to do what we have been doing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and let’s all get vaccinated when we are able to.”

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